Mike Cave on Mixing/Mastering, McGurk Effect & Early Protools (Ep.002)

Interview: Mike Cave on Mixing/Mastering, McGurk Effects and Early Pro Tools.

In January, Liverpool Audio Network hosted their very first Masterclass event, of which Mike Cave undertook a Mastering session. During Episode 2 of Your Music Industry Podcast, Mike opens up to talk about his journey and story in music along with some extremely valuable pieces of wisdom on the McGurk Effect and Early Protools.

“You're only as good as your last job.” - Mike Cave

A little bit about Mike...

Musician turned mixer/producer Mike Cave got his start playing guitar, keyboards & drums in a variety of bands on the Liverpool circuit from the age of 13, and by 15 he was engineering sessions for his own bands and others in the area.

Mike went on to study Music Theory at the London College of Music, but his real education was finding his band The Sunlites in a major record deal with Mercury, allowing him to spend two years in the studio with the big guns – Jeremy Wheatley, Mike Neilsen, Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby.

A six-year in-house engineer stint at Liverpoolʼs legendary Parr Street Studios followed, working alongside heavyweights such as Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy, Gomez), Jeremy Wheatley (Space, Sugababes, Mel C), and Brendan Lynch (Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast).

Mike then went freelance and opened his own world-class studios The Loft in a large converted Manhattan-style loft in the centre of Liverpool. He’s built a strong reputation as a mixer/producer, with artists as diverse as Professor Green, JP Cooper, The Coral, Riton, Elvis Costello, KRS-One, Lewis Capaldi, Noisettes, Tinchy Stryder, James Vincent McMorrow, Digitalism, Fatboy Slim, John Martyn, Yuksek, Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron, Rufus Wainwright, The Charlatans, The Zutons, and Echo & The Bunnymen making use of his production, mixing & mastering expertise and earning him a string of top ten albums & singles and numerous multi-platinum, gold & silver sales awards (see below).

Mike’s talent and experience working on both sides of the desk give him a unique understanding of how to deliver quality records on time and on budget with a magic touch that brings artists’ ideas to life.


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